Brian Shaw has been the hottest name in the NBA coaching carousel this offseason and he has finally landed a job. The former Indiana Pacers assistant has officially been hired as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, according to the Denver Post. For a team that has struggled to be anything more than an average playoff contender under George Karl, this is a fantastic move.
The Nuggets have re-defined the phrase “team play” since Carmelo Anthony was shipped to New York, but even in a season that saw Denver reel off a 15-game winning streak, Karl’s team was bounced in the first round. Many have tagged Karl as a titan of a regular season coach, but one who lacks the ability to get his team into the NBA Finals.
Of course, it’s hard to do that without a star who can close out games on one or both ends of the floor, but now Shaw has the task of doing that, assuming Denver doesn’t bring in such a player this offseason. Regardless, the hype surrounding Shaw has been and will continue to be incredible, so anything short of immediate success will cause the Denver faithful to call for his head. No pressure, Brian.